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Red Dirt Girl

Emmylou Harris

2000

Red Dirt Girl

Album Summary

Red Dirt Girl is the nineteenth studio album by American country artist Emmylou Harris, released on September 12, 2000 by Nonesuch Records. The album was a significant departure for Harris, as eleven of the twelve tracks were written or co-written by her. At the time, she was best known for covering other songwriters' work. Prior to this album, only two of Harris' LPs had more than two of her own compositions (Gliding Bird in 1969, and The Ballad of Sally Rose in 1985). Her next album, Stumble into Grace, was also written by Harris. The album contains "Bang the Drum Slowly", a song Guy Clark helped Harris write as an elegy for her father. The album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard country album charts and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2001.

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Rating

2.76

Votes

4572

Genres

  • Country
  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

Not really a fan of the inclusion of these types of later career albums by established artists on this list. Much rather hear any of her first 12 albums than her 21st album. Much rather hear more vital music from artists establishing themselves from this time period than a "return to form" from a well established artist. Do you see any Frank Sinatra or Little Richard albums from the 70s taking up space on here? No. Because if you did it would take the place of much more vital/relevant music from that time period and it wouldn't make any sense. So why do you see so many of these albums that are a good decade or two after these artist's prime on this list as we get towards more recent music? I can only imagine it is a reflection of the average age of the people making the list. Baby boomers doing what they do best and taking up all the space and resources they can for themselves and consequently stifling the opportunities for younger generations to thrive (probably without fully realizing they are doing so). Not a critique of the album but the list itself.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

I don't know much Emmylou Harris, I know she is considered iconic in folk circles. I like her voice, definitely heard it on other collaborations. A lot of these tracks are just sort of "there" for me though, nothing that really jumps out to me. Very chill, not bad.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

3 Stars isn't a bad thing at all- this is a good album, one I would listen to again sometime, but I don't know if it's her absolute best work. That said though, I love her sound. Her voice is so clear and pretty.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

“Red Dirt Girl” by Emmylou Harris (2000) I’m familiar with Harris’ work as a background vocalist (for Neil Young, Bob Dylan, etc.) and her early hits, but I’ve never heard this album. Emmylou Harris was 53 years old when she recorded this album, and she exudes both youthfulness and maturity in her songwriting and performance. Harris has one of the most recognizable background voices in music of the 70s, with her easy timbre and flawless pitch control. In this solo production of her own composition, she rises to the occasion. She has exceptional strength in her lower range, with good control in her very occasional forays into the highest reaches of her range. It is very plain to hear on this album why she was a favorite for backup and duet work with male artists like Dylan and Young, whose vocal skills were both limited and idiosyncratic. She could make a frog sound sweet. As a songwriter, her compositions on this album are characterized by unsurprising yet moving melodies in major keys, with typical country/folk harmonies. This recording is innovative for Harris, primarily because of its experimental percussion and electronic soundscapes. Very well produced and recorded. The lyrics are serious, reflective, and powerfully feminine, with standard country meter and rhyme. I really liked listening to this. 3/5

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Erster Eindruck: Escort Service Cover Art und entsprechend betulicher Heart Rock für den Cayenne fahrenden late Springsteen Hörer, der ich nie sein werde. Aber dann umschmeichelt mich diese satt-warme Textur, ein konstant gutes Songwriting und so gibt die Soccer Mom in mir Erdig-ehrliche 3.3

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Have always steered away from country music but was willing to give this a fair listen, being familiar with Emmylou Harris... And I'm thankful I did, this is a great album. Calling it Country almost shortchanges it; I would also label it folk, Americana, Heartland. Although Emmylou is clearly the focus, it was really the music here that was the surprise. Highlight is "I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now" 7/10

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

I didn't really enjoy this album. But, considering that I was expecting to hate this album, that's actually a pretty good outcome. Nobody who grows up in Alabama escapes "Red Dirt Girl" any more than they escape "Sweet Home Alabama". It's part of the landscape. That carries with it a passing familiarity with Emmylou Harris which means that I came into this album with some preconceived expectations. I'm happy to report that I was surprised by how much I didn't hate this album. It still wasn't super enjoyable, mind you. It's slow and boring and all the songs sound so very similar. Emmylou has a few vocal tricks up her sleeve and she just keeps repeating them over and over throughout the whole album. BUT. The music was solid (if sometimes painfully inoffensive) and the lyrics were interesting more often than not. I'd go so far as to say that each track, taken on its own, is solid and maybe even enjoyable. But, all together in an album, they smear into a mediocre mash of sameness. There's nothing super wrong with the album as a whole other than it just being kind of boring.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

It was nice, I enjoyed it kinda, she has a great voice. But pretty much every track becomes indistinguishable from each other and found myself impatient for it to finish in the end

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

I love Emmylou, but this early noughties "country goes modern" shtick is particularly cloying. The whole thing feels just a bit too floaty and forgettable.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

Pleasant. But if I never heard it again, or never had heard it, I don't think my life would be any the poorer.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
2

Beautiful voice, some really strong tracks. But realistically won’t revisit

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Mon Oct 18 2021
1

God it’s all so bloody dull. Clicked on wiki while enduring this - her 19th album and the first she wrote - stick to singing. Also under the Legacy section “Featured in the 1001 albums book” That says it all

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Thu May 13 2021
5

i've been waiting for this one to come around...had it on fairly heavy rotation back around '03 or so, then hadn't given it much thought. it's just as good now as it was then - like emmylou herself, this album doesn't seem to age. it's not that it ages well, it's that it just doesn't get any older with time. love it.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Not normally a huge Country fan but I make an exception for Emmylou Harris

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

I wasn't sure how much I would love this album at first, but by the end my eyes were glistening and I wanted to go back and start over. Knowing of Emmylou Harris forever, but not being that familiar with her work, I didn't realize this was the first album she recorded with mostly songs she wrote or co-wrote. I love these songs. It was, however, "Red Dirt Girl" that really first caught my attention and grabbed my heart. Then "My Baby Needs a Shepherd" came on and "What are you doing to me?!?" Then "Bang the Drum Slowly" came on and "Oh no! *sob* I can't take it!" Going back and listening to everything again, I just thought it was a beautiful album. Beautiful music, beautiful voice, beautiful songs.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

If there’s a holier summary of pre-lame country music, this must take the cake. A very easy voice to listen to

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

The entire album has an amazing sound. A blend of folk, country, mixed with contemporary production. It is soothing to listen to from beginning to end, at points feeling like ambience. Her timbre is beautiful, brilliant phrasing, and lovely harmonies via dubbed layers or with the featured vocalists. I really enjoyed it and really respect her ability to evolve her sound so late in her career.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

You can tell by the company Emmylou keeps how special of an artist she is. Duets with The Boss and Patty Griffin and Kate McGarrigle on the accordion. The Pearl is such an epic way to start this album that I was thinking it could end the album as well. She can do rock and folk equally well. Loved listening to this.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

At the time of its release, I listened to Red Dirt Girl and liked it, but would for years reach for Wrecking Ball when I wanted to listen to Emmylou Harris. Subsequently, I spent time with the album and truly appreciated it for the tremendous statement it. Frequently a quiet statement, and a representative of what a strong songwriter she had become.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Buen disco y agradable !!!

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

Really great as always from Emmylou.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Really liked this.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

If her mid-career stuff is this good, then I really need to check out her earlier stuff…and everything else.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Country tranquilo. Preciosa voz.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

not bad

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Voz dulce y delicada

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Good songs, very good voice. A relaxing album to listen to. I liked it.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

better than expected

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Country music became a huge part of my music tastes over the last 10 years and Emmylou is among my faves. This album is on regular repeat in my house.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Pleasant folk/country/americana. Not my typical style, but very beautiful.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Easy listening country, with a couple of stand out tracks.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Nice

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Surely the Mother of US country music, a fantastic voice and some stand out tracks (particularly Red Dirt Girl) that both move and entertain you.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Really glad I read the wiki on this one b/c I realized I didn't know a lot about Harris. A lot of artists I like have been influenced by her but this was the first time I listened to her. Very much one of those artist you expect to be a singer song writer but interesting that this was her first time actually writing her own songs.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Country pop melódico. Me ha gustado.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Emmylou is a deserved legend. However, this record chooses to show off her band primarily. They effectively evoke the country tradition in more or less modern colors: It's a good direction for the genre, if not pack-leading. There's no loss in the move away from covers. The tracklist doesn't blur together, but there aren't any sharp turns. Just occasional journeys into especially beautiful sonic space, working on the soul. That's certainly a cheesy line, as the project comes in a pretty slick package.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

I haven’t heard of this album before. The opening song was a real surprise. This is a more updated sound than I expected. It didn't feel purely country to me although there were strong country undertones. "Michelangelo", "I Don't Want To Talk About It Now", "Red Dirt Girl", "J'ai fait tout", "One Big Love", "My Antonia" and "Boy from Tupelo" were some of the highlights on my first listen, but going back I could probably add the rest of the songs to this list. This is a solid album! I read that this was the first time Emmylou Harris wrote her own songs (all but one) for an album. It definitely worked for her. The songs are very well crafted. This is a gentle and very strong album from a true legend. I can't think of anything not to like about it.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

This one took me a few listens before I could really decide about it. I was excited to listen --- I'm not very familiar with Emmylou Harris but feel like I should be. The first time through, the songs just weren't taking hold. I thought they were pleasant and pretty but none of them felt like mine. I'm almost done listening for a third time and it's grown on me quite a bit. Her voice is great, there are some interesting guests singing harmony, the instrumentation is varied and fun, her songs tell a story. I'm most sold on One Big Love, Hour of Gold, and the title track. Those feel like they belong in my library. I also like Boy from Tupelo and My Antonia.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

The songs and Emmylou's voice are pretty. There isn't necessarily much variety in style or tempo from song to song, but they are nice to listen to.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

3.5

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

That was a pleasant surprise. For some reason I was expecting forgettable 90's Country Radio country, what I got was some mellow and occasionally soulful folky Americana. Really rather pleasant.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Nice country music!

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

nice chill

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Solid effort from an artist I have no prior knowledge of, will definitely be checking her music out after this listen

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

A fine selection of songs from one of Americana's most important singers. Favorites: The Pearl, Michelangelo, I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now, Tragedy, Bang the Drum Slowly.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Nice mellow Americana music. Very cool

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Classic country bordering on folk. I got a strong feeling of Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

While some thought is given to the album playlist this week being a bit more on the mellow side of things, "Red Dirt Girl" is still a welcome addition to that mood. Melodious and catchy, this is where rock, eh, country music should always find itself even in the midst of its own evolution. Heartfelt, incorporating country mythos into the modern romantic, this turn of the century album opposes with class the beer-in-one-hand-tractor-wheel-on-the-other bro-country that has plagued the genre with creepy misogyny and with questions as to whether or not Country has a place in music. Released in the year 2000, kicking off a decade where country had a bit of a pop resurgence, paving the way for Lambert, Musgrave, Swift, Underwood to cross over just enough and bring the genre back into being part of the bigger entertainment show. Where this album sets itself apart though is that it keeps the 'old' country in mind, telling a story that a city person could only fantasize about, paying homage to blues, and demonstrating the growth from a more folksy era. "Red Dirt Girl" is a surprising take on country music bringing a rock ensemble to play it.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Beautiful album, with a lush and (mostly) appropriate production. Not sure about the ‘chilled beats’ on Tragedy, but other than that, this was a tasteful ‘repositioning’ of Emmylou and her amazing voice. If I didn’t know otherwise, I’d assume this was a ‘new’ artist, but that voice betrays the years of experience that have gone into these songs. Definitely one to revisit.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

I like the blend of Americana, California folk rock and country on this album. Some really nice guitar work by Buddy Miller. Did not know that Bruce and Patti contributed vocals on one of the tracks and Dave Matthews on another. If I could give 3.5 stars I would, since I can’t I’ll round up.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Liked the title track a lot.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

I enjoyed this album, but it was mostly just background music. Harris' vocals are just nice and smooth and this was a perfect chill out and vibe album. 3.5/5

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

I like this artist, but I'm not country fan.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

I wasn't too familiar with her work, but had heard her name. I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I really really liked it, so much so that I want to explore her other work. Do I think it's the best album of all time, certainly not. It's no Sgt. Pepper, but it's a solid solid album that I really wanted to give a 5, but there's just not enough variety in the album for me that hurts it's relisted-ability, but her voice was entrancing and I hung on every word. Solid work and glad she's on this list. 4.5/5.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Way better than I was expecting. Production clearly influenced by Alanis Morissette, and all the better for it.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Decent album. I like this kind of warm, authentic sound, but it is not special or overwhelming enough for a five star rating.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Emotional and lush Sound of Emmylou’s voice is memorizing

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

thought this was going to be more country than it was

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

Great late career record with beautiful production I would have sworn to be the work of Daniel Lanois. Favorites: 'Michelangelo' and 'Bang the Drum Slowly'

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

3/18 Country girl album. Standout Tracks: Michelangelo, Red Dirt Girl, Bang the Drum Slowly, J’ai fait tout, My Antonia

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Pretty voice

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

not too bad

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

I like the voice of Emmylou harris. I think I like country music as well. Clear and nice vocals makes it easy to listen to this album.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Well not bad for what it is. She sounds quite talented. Definitely not a running album though. Hah.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Most of this was unobjectionable but not particularly captivating. Really disliked that song with Dave Matthews. Not super familiar with her work but I have to believe that in her vast catalogue there are better albums.

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Sun May 02 2021
3

Un tres bon album avec une belle voix.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Somewhere between folk and softer rock. She has a great voice. Oddly bass-heavy mix. Reminds me of Christian contemporary music (with some Christian imagery in the lyrics too).

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

nice mellow country songs that tell a story

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

Goeie zangeres. Het album is voor het grootste deel wat te traag voor mij. Het Franstalige nummer vind ik niet zo goed

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Ok for country

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Schwer zu bewerten. Eingängig nicht doof und echt nicht schlecht.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Folksy country music with a beautiful singing voice. I couldn't enjoy the album because it's not my type of music, but it provided soothing background tracks while I worked.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

surprisingly not as bad as i thought it would be considering it’s country 😂 but nice voice just not my style completely.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Not exactly my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it more than I would have thought I would.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Country. Suave y melódico, pero muy aburrido.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Eerste nummer erg mooi. Rest ook best ok.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Ik had voorbereid op een country album, maar dit was erg goed te hebben!

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Jammer, ik vind dat Emmylou een prachtige stem heeft en mooie albums heeft gemaakt. Deze valt m echter wat tegen..

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Lovely country. Very nice, if a little cliche.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

She has an absolutely great voice! Songs are nicely composed. Some are a bit too similar to each other.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

Nice atmosphere here reminiscent of Daniel Lanois' style of production. Songs all mellow and mild, though they're all so similar it's hard to tell one from another.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

She really wants to be Sad Dolly. No doubt she's talented, great voice but the music is just so slow and a bit of a bummer. It's good on a technical level, but just not something I enjoy.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

6/10

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

I know this is country, but it's the kind I can deal with. She has a good voice and it doesn't make me think of a man in a flannel shirt banging his Chevy's tailpipe.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Folk and country. Felt a bit like christian music. Wasn't my thing, but I cannot deny her talent and amazing voice.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

6/10

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Unexpectedly soothing...

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Nice voice and atmosphere but ultimately the songs fail to impress or leave a lasting memory, all being rather similar and without highlights

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

I guess they chose this album because Emmy Lou wrote all the songs for the first time. The song-writing is good, I especially liked the opener and the title track and the rest are pretty solid. For someone in her fifties she still had a beautiful voice. Musically It’s more folky than her earlier albums. I would have liked a bit more twang and a little less production.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Emmylou falls into the "i know of her" category. I don't have any of her albums and couldn't tell you what her hits were, but she has performed with a laundry list of my favourite performers such as Steve Earl and Neil Young.  The song Red Dirt Girl is very powerful. She has a gift for writing lyrics and her singing is also very good. I just find her music doesn't grab me.  Perhaps it would if I had more time to listen to it.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Not my style

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

There are some super lovely tracks on here, like "The Pearl", and Emmylou's voice is quite nice—the album is just waaay too long, and it feels like it drags on forever by the time the last, like, 6 tracks come in. Cut this in half and it's easily an 8/10 for me, but the length and monotony of the tracks really drags the whole experience down.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Ok, when I saw this come up I thought "ugh more country", but I played it anyway and I'm very glad I did. This is a decent album.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Meh.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

3.75

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Solid singer-songwriter album with some country twang and a few songs that nod towards Irish folk music. Favorite tracks: "I Don't Want to Talk About It Now," "Bang the Drum Slowly," "One Big Love."

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Not much for country / folk, but this is pretty good.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

Totally inoffensive and fine musically. But boring and not my scene.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

Not bad

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Lovely voice. Eclectic mix of music. Went and listened to some Dolly Parton after this.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

I do like her old stuff, but I found this a bit middle of the road…

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

It's pretty good as modern country goes. Not up to the '70s standard though

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Opener Pearl sounds a lot like Boulder to Birmingham. Interesting to hear almost trip-hop elements to Emmylou's music. I like her voice, but very little in this collection is particularly noteworthy. Very low key. I probably prefer her more stripped back guitar picking albums/songs. A low 3.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Likes it more than I thought I would. Generally not a fan of country/contemporary folk, but the last few tracks reeled me back in. "Heart of Gold" is a great track, and loved the collaboration with Dave Matthews.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Mér fannst þetta nú bara helvíti skemmtilegt!

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Not bad not great. Like the voice a lot but songs left something to be desired.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

A pleasant but not particularly memorable album. It was a pretty effective hybrid of old-school country and modern pop sounds, and she has a beautiful voice but I was not really "wowed" at any point. The Dave Matthews duet and Bruce background vocals were nice surprises. It would probably be good to get a female perspective on this album and its lyrics.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Niet meteen mijn favoriete muziek. Het klinkt denk ik wel aardig op een Amerikaans radiostation. ***

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Sun May 01 2022
3

Emmylou Harris is lovely but the production is a bit too slick for me.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Very nice. Not my thing particularly, but would happily stick on a Sunday afternoon.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Genre: Alt-Country 3/5 Emmylou Harris, a legendary country musician, whose contemporaries include Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, has been active since the early 70s purely as a songbird. She never wrote too much of her own material, but her voice was one of the most wanted in the country music biz, and she stayed busy throughout her career, winning 14 Grammy's amongst other accolades. This album, Red Dirt Girl, dropped in 2000, changes the Emmylou mold a bit. Harris is writing a lot of her own material on this, and the music itself has a much more new-age, alt-rock flair to it, rather than a more straightforward country sound. As far as the album is concerned, regardless of how interesting a few of the production elements are here, it's a rather straightforward country album. The instrumentation is pretty lackluster, never growing above mezzo-forte and missing plenty of low end, but that's not necessarily why we're here. Harris' voice sounds very good, especially considering her age, and it helps to elevate a lot of the tracks here. I enjoyed the title track, Hour of Gold, and My Antonia the best, but I can't really tell you what differentiates them from the rest of the tracklist, except for some particular je ne sais quoi. Decent overall, with some interesting production, but fairly boring.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

I wish country had gone more this direction. Pretty good, drags a little at the end.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

6/15/2022 - ALBUM #139 Today's Album: "Red Dirt Girl" by Emmylou Harris - This is an album I have been waiting to review for a little while because honestly, it was hard to work up the motivation to review this album after my preliminary research. The Wikipedia article for this album labels Harris as a beloved **country** artist, so I generally didn't want to give it a shot given my typical reaction to country music. However, this album taught me that there is an important distinction between the contemporary folk country that Harris presents on this album and the more stadium country I grew up despising in the 2000s. The former category contains artist like Harris, Carol King, and John Denver, who put an emphasis on folk songwriting while still setting a more country vibe overall. This album really rides the line of not sounding too country very well. There's some rather simplistic instrumentation and vocal-oriented lyrics, but the sound of this album is actually quite refreshing when compared to something like Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. This album explores a lot of different songwriting techniques and has a lot of different sonic styles, but still manages to stay really rooted in an authentic aesthetic. The song Red Dirt Girl is the most played on Spotify, and although I like the great backdrop the wailing electric guitar sets, I think the vocal delivery has a heavier than usual country twang and the songwriting has enough of those, "Hard-workin' life" clichés to make it pretty annoying to me. The track I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now stands out more to me as a track that stands the test of time, with this bouncy groove between the drums and a fuzzy, distorted electric guitar that is complimented by a really strong vocal performance and a lot of colorful piano flourishes. The track My Baby Needs A Shepard also feels really fresh to me, with a chilled out instrumental that turns this folk tune into more of a sea-shanty in a way and just feels like the perfect anthem for exploring the unknown or going on a long journey. The closing track, Boy From Tupelo, is a pretty fun closer to this album as well, putting to work that electric guitar that has been shining throughout the record and switching up the percussion with some really great marimba and wood-block work. Overall, there are plenty of songs on this album to dislike the aesthetic of, but the general songwriting ability is all there and when you look a little further than surface level, there ends up being a lot in this album to love. It may not be an album I plan on coming back to for a full listen anytime soon, but anyone that wants an example of a decent country act should look no further than miss Emmylou Harris. Highlights: I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now, My Baby Needs A Shepherd, Boy From Tupelo Score: 6.5/10 Folk-Country that shines when it's more folky than when it's country-y

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

Chill laid back album, a lot of the songs sounded similar, didn’t grab me

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Really nice voice, enjoyed the vibe too.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Pretty folky and I generally don't care for folk. I mean it's alright and pleasant, just not my thing. Has a little bit of a Brandi Carlile sound, just not nearly as good as her. 6/10.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

The music was alright, I enjoyed it for the most part. I won't regularly listen to it, but it was a nice change of pace of what I usually enjoy musicwise.

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Sat Aug 13 2022
3

Folk might just not be my thing.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Beautiful voice. The songs were pleasant enough, but there was nothing that I felt I had to listen to again.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

So. Country music, this album brought me to understand, is about storytelling. Problem is, I’m not a strong lyrics person. With, say, the artistic end or hip hop, this has never been a problem, since the best DJs create a collage of samples and soundscapes intricate enough to take up all my attention. Country tilts in a different direction, compositionally; since I don’t usually pay much attention to the lyrical content, I get bored even more quickly than usual. (This, of course, is entirely my problem. It’s like a Christian complaining about a Muslim/Jew because he doesn’t eat pork.) One or two tracks aside, I doubt that I’ll consciously revisit this album. I did, in a way, enjoy it, though.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
3

Pleasant enough, but nothing special. A little less country than I expected. Standard singer/songwriter material.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Good, I enjoyed it.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

3.1 - This record contains all the trappings of a late album by a fading rocker trying gracefully to hang onto some shred of relevance: 1) Mid-tempo songs of fond reflection, 2) an audio mix that places the vocals front-and-center to showcase the artist in a more “honest” light, 3) careful sound engineering with a younger studio band that gives a modern sheen, 4) references to classic Americana. Your mom will hear a few cuts off this record on an NPR segment in which it’s hailed as “bold” and “full of life.” She’ll decide (“what the heck?”) to buy it off iTunes using the gift card you all gave her last Christmas.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Nice voice and sound; lost attention in the second half.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

A solid album, but it simply does not make sense to pick an arbitrary EH album and put it in the list. Literally everyone knows that Wrecking Ball is the EH classic from her >90s material.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

New country amb una veu d'un altre món i uns arranjaments de molta qualitat. Els temes són molt personals i va suposar la posada al dia de l'artista amb la seva contemporaneitat. Malauradament no hi ha grans cançons que quedin gravades a la memòria

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Love her voice! It’s not completely my style, still I enjoyed this album. It’s good as a whole and has some nice songs on it. Favourite song: - One big love

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Decent singer-songwriter album. 3 stars.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Przerwa opisowa spowodowana brakiem palca, ale sluchane nadal bedzie

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Frankly another one I didn't really expect to like. Emmylou has a nice voice, and the songs are quite pleasant. Can definitely see this having been an influence on a lot of the modern folk-ish stuff that I listened to a lot in college/immediately after/still occasionally today. Surprised how many songs I added to my playlists/my standouts. Standouts: I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now, Red Dirt Girl, Bang the Drum Slowly, J'ai fait tout, One Big Love, Boy from Tupelo

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

A real gem of an album.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Emmylou Harris has a great voice, but most of the songs are overly similar and unremarkable. The only thing that saves this album from being a 2 is her voice, which is amazing. 3/5

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

This is a good album by Emmylou Harris but not a great one. Not sure why it is on this list. She has many other albums that are better.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

This was pleasant

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Favorite tune "J'Ai Fait Tout". There’s some good storytelling in Red Dirt Girl. I enjoyed listening to this throughout. Not really what I expected at all. More folk than country. Cool textures and percussion throughout. Lots of mood and vibe but I maybe would want some more dynamics. Interesting vocal performance. It is so nice when the vocals on these albums are actually from a real singer.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

I like Emmylou but am maybe a bigger fan of her older work and her collaborations.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

More folk than country, but that American folk that is right between the two. Good, but not great, with no songs that will live long in the memory. Perfectly pleasant though.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

IDK, Emmylou is great...but this is late nineties emo-country

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

Not my favorite at all

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Emmylou Harris brauchte also knapp 53 Jahre, um ein Album fertigzustellen, auf dem hauptsächlich Eigenkompositionen vertreten sind, entnehme ich dem Wikipedia-Artikel zu dieser Platte. Man hätte ihr gewünscht, dass dabei mehr herauskommt als diese Aneinanderreihung von ausgewalzten, klischierten Belanglosigkeiten. Stellenweise einfach unerträglich, gerade so 2 Sterne.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
2

It's fine. 5/10

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

2 - Leider nix für mich

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Boring....

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Tue Feb 23 2021
2

Found it kind of vanilla

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Hat mich nicht so gekriegt. Musik für ältere Leute (hey, no age-ism!) würde ich sagen.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

Meh. Super singer-songwriter-y. Probably good to those who like that, but it just sounds like too much feels. Not for me.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
2

It's an easy to listen and overall likeable countryish-pop album, but some of its songs are kind of meh. I didn't like the mixing.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
2

Gut hörbar, aber bleibt für mich wenig hängen…

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Interesting songs and pleasant vocals. Unlikely to revisit this album though.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Beautiful voice, some really strong tracks. But realistically won’t revisit

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Equalizzazione pessima! Belle le lyrics, ma gli arrangiamenti sono spesso scontati. Non mi entusiasma come canta... Alcuni dettagli sonori sono piacevoli (la chitarra elettrica nella title track e i drones in Bang the Drum Slowly). Un album noioso

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Fri May 28 2021
2

country is not my thing but she has a good voice for sure

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Not in the mood for this at all

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

31. MotA: Michelangelo \"O the dragons are gonna fly tonight\"

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Sun Jul 25 2021
2

The style of country is too melancholy and drawn out with the singing. Not really enjoyed. 3.9/10

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Sun Jul 25 2021
2

While country music isn't my thing, this is obviously far from Harris' best

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

meh

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

Bit boring

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

Mja, het is echt niet slecht, maar een beetje gezapig.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

It's not quite as country twangy as where we started 26 years ago, but the music is still pretty boring. Pretty voice, but a slow pace and nothing particularly catchy to hang onto. Snooze-fest.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
2

Great voice, but she's using it for the wrong purpose.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
2

I find it hard to believe that anyone named Emmylou isn't going to do country. Yeah it's country. Like a theatre kid doing country. Not sure how I feel about it. Ok according to wiki she was already in her 50s when this came out. Definitely didn't get that vibe. 2/5 all the same, just don't care about it.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

I kind of liked the title track but the rest left me cold. The mild electronic backing added next to nothing. Probably exciting if you were already a fan, but certainly not winning any.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

I'm going to be honest: I didn't listen to the whole thing.. I had enough. I didn't like it.. it was boring and bland.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

Fine album, but not my favorite. A lot of snooze songs but “I don’t wanna talk about it now” is the type of the song that you listen to sitting around a campfire with like 5-8 people just vibing and enjoying life.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

2.5 / 5 Pleasant to listen to and not bad in any way, shape or form but nothing special to be honest.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

Only listened to the first couple of songs, didn’t seem like my kind of thing. I’m not into Jesus stuff.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

This is not good. What the hell is this? Do people actually find this enjoyable? It is like a worse Bruce Springsteen.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

80% boring

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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

Allt í lagi. Ekkert rokna kontrístuð.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

She undoubtedly has a lovely voice. But the album wasn’t very inspiring, it was quite boring actually.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

Nice enough listen. Not much grabbed me but pleasant enough.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

Subtil mélange entre Country de Boomer et Folk de Karen. J'aime certaines ambiances par ci par là mais jsp ce que ça fout dans les 1001 meilleurs albums du monde. Pref: The Pearl Moins prefs: Tragedy, Boy From Tupelo

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

2/5 nothing memorable

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

Though I'm not really a big fan of the gospel/folk/country & western genre - I do like Emmylou Harris. She's got a unique "storyteller" voice that is perfectly suited to the genre. But, this seems misplaced and overproduced in the year 2000. It's like they were trying to make her relevant to a wider audience (queue Dave Matthews as a guest star on one track), but it didn't work. Sorry.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

Oh god. I probably should be nice. I don't like this record. It's not for me. A lot of the records on this list aren't "for me." I get that. But, the thing is, this record doesn't compel me to even try. I'm sure there are a handful of Emmylou Harris records that I would like. But, I'm sure they don't involve this new-agey production. 2/5 because you don't slight a legend with a 1/5, but that's probably the only reason why.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

It's americana I guess? Could be worse probably

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Sun Feb 20 2022
2

Didn't nobody ask for this christian shit

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

Dull and dreary.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

Inoffensive country music, but not something I'd listen to.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Not for me

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

One of those artists that I really should know more about, but sadly there are some major gaps in my listening history. There's only so much listening time available each day. This is defo Bob Harris alt-country R2 territory. Not the type of album I'd fire up for a Friday night. It had depth, both in terms of tunes and texture. That sounds pretentious bollocks. Sometimes it's the only way to describe AOR and the lack of irony or even humour within.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Very standard country album to me. Not bad but don’t see what makes this so special or deserving to be on the list. But country is not my genre so maybe I’m not looking for the right things

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

very boring... all the time throughout this album i wished it to end

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Thu May 19 2022
2

Nice voice, but no way this is something you need to hear before you die. The NINETEENTH album by her? Was this seriously such a huge step up from the first eighteen? Always eyebrow-raising when you check the Legacy section on Wikipedia and the only sentence is "The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die." Also not a big fan of country or folk.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
2

e da, Pieces of the Sky smo njen imali na 1001. album, i znam da mi je taj bio lijep album - cover album općenito. I ovaj album je lijep, pročitao sam da je ovo njen 19. studijski album, ali ovo je baš njen gdje je napisala pjesme koje izvodi jer većinom radi obrade u stilu countrya. Sve u svemu, malo vuče na Sandu kad je ozbiljna - na ovom coveru, a albumu mislim da se neću vraćat.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
2

Lijepo. Al dosadno.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
2

Meh

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

After 429 albums my main observation of this list is that there is too much Elvis Costello, too much Time Waits, and far, far too much country music. I quite liked this initially, but as it wore on I found myself increasingly bored and having nothing really to say about it. Basically fine but not for me. Rating: 2/5 Playlist track: One Big Love Date listened: 08/09/22

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

So many interesting melodic choices. Instead of going home, the vocals rise, or a minor lift instead of major, eventually to lead home but such an interesting journey

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

A low 2. Only gets that because some of the songs weren't completely terrible.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Didn't enjoy this very much, but didn't make my ears blead

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

Not for me

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

I was looking forward to a little country number and whilst I enjoyed the first 10-15 mins a bit, I got bored and felt it went on too long. Cba

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Favourite song: Michelangelo One for the karaoke: Michelangelo to get deep One for the car: One Big Love (at least I think it was that) Seemed to never end

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Fri Sep 30 2022
2

Kind of slow and boring, nothing really stands out a great.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
2

Bizarre blend of country and triphop that I cannot get behind

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Sun Oct 30 2022
2

Bad/okay

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Sun Oct 30 2022
2

Dirty, dirty red girl. This record dripped down my chin like being jizzed on by the entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

This seems like it's going to be country. Huh, yup, seems like it, but like... weird country maybe? Idk, I'll give a few track a try, but this might be a skip. Good chance for me to explain my rating system and put it in writing for myself. One star = bad bad, will not listen to again. Two = I see the merit, but maybe not my thing or not my genre. Three = a solid album, I could see myself listening to it again. Four = I'm almost certainly saving this album, and I'll probably listen to it again more than once. Five = a great album, it will be saved, added to my heavy rotation, and likely bought on vinyl. Okay, so is this country or not? Maybe this is actually like, what's it called, adult alternative? Like Melissa Ethridge or something. I'm more neutral to it so far, like it isn't bad three minutes in. Way better than the Neu album or that dog shit Velvet Underground album. She definitely has a nice voice, and the lyrics seem solid (I'm not following them real closely). The title track is, so far, my least favorite. It's like straightforward cliché country. Still not a bad album 6 songs in, but I am getting kind of bored of it. Oh motherfucker, Dave Matthews is on this album? Hahaha weird. Had to look it up, thought it might have been the Mumford and Sons guy.

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